A few more details have emerged about the canceled Friends of the Library comic book sale that I wrote about yesterday. The fundraising sale, the first of its kind for the Friends of the Seattle Public Library, was scheduled for Saturday, July 13th. Apparently, the collection of comics up for sale was largely donated by a single library benefactor.
The Friends announced the cancellation yesterday via a brief, detail-free press release that I quoted in the previous post. Around the same time, the Friends sent an email to their list saying the organization has been "the victims of a burglary."
The email continues, "while we still have plenty of comics left to sell, we need to take a moment to assess the situation." They promise to reschedule the sale for a later date.
Based on conversations with several Friends volunteers and staffers, it sounds like the burglary was a planned operation, not a smash-and-grab. The thieves took money that the Friends had on hand for the sale, as well as a small stack of potential high-value comics that had been set aside for appraisal. The Seattle Police Department has been contacted.
Hopefully, more details will emerge soon, but for now: please be wary if anyone tries to sell you collectable comics and contact the authorities if you have any information on who might have committed the burglary. People who steal from library fundraisers are the lowest of the low.
We'll keep you posted with more details in days to come. In the meantime, the Friends could use your support; please donate your time and books.